winwin Wednesday: The Institute for Sustainable Communities

The Institute for Sustainable Communities (ISC) works in communities around the world, giving passionate, committed people the tools and skills they need to inspire active citizenship, protect the environment, and take on climate change.

The idea: ISC was founded to help create economically, environmentally and socially healthy, resilient, sustainable communities. This effort takes a great deal of practical, integrated problem-solving and a long-term perspective. It is the belief of ISC that every community has the ability to find creative solutions to complex problems; ISC strives to help people realize this potential, building capacity and infrastructure and leaving a legacy of leadership and results.

Video: winwin apps' founder chats with ISC

How it started: In 1990, Vermont Governor Madeleine M. Kunin monitored the first democratic elections in Bulgaria. Inspired by the potential for change, Kunin and her policy advisor, George Hamilton, returned to Vermont with the commitment to help communities in the region address environmental, economic, and social challenges. A new organization was born: The Institute for Sustainable Communities.

ISC began with two projects in Bulgaria and Hungary, helping local governments work with citizens to identify environmental priorities, develop action plans, and implement cost-effective solutions to the communities’ most urgent environmental issues. To date, ISC has managed 74 projects in 22 countries, leaving behind strong community leaders, organizations and networks with the capacity to keep building upon ISC’s work.

The winwin: ISC promotes sustainability throughout the world Рworking with communities to create a better quality of life, healthier ecosystems, more effective governance, and better economic security.

In the meantime, ISC inspires local individuals, institutions and businesses to become involved in the continued success of their own communities.

Video: ISC talks about using winwin apps

How they used winwin apps: In November of 2009 ISC produced an extremely successful fundraising event in Williston, Vermont. “Wine & Swine” was a live and silent auction, as well as an evening of wine tasting from around the globe, and local and faux pork and desserts from local eateries.

ISC used winwin apps to register attendees, manage the auction, check-in and check-out guests, and more. (See ISC talk about using winwin apps in the video on this page.)

More info: To learn more about the important work being done by ISC, please visit their website at www.iscvt.org. You can also follow them on Twitter @SustainableComm and become a fan on Facebook at facebook.com/SustainableComm. And don’t miss their incredible photos on Flickr.


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Anna Palmer

Anna Rosenblum Palmer is a freelance writer based in Denver, CO. She writes about sex, parenting, cat pee, bi-polar disorder and the NFL; all things inextricably intertwined with her mental health. In her free time she teaches her boys creative swear words, seeks the last missing puzzle piece and thinks deeply about how she is not exercising. Her writing can be found on Babble, Parent.co, Great Moments in Parenting, Ravishly, Good Men Project, Sammiches and Psych Meds, Playpen, Crazy Good Parent, and YourTango. She also does a fair amount of navel gazing on her own blog at annarosenblumpalmer.com.

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